Beginning as a solo project in 1993, by 1997 Jim Akans' act had become a blues-rock band called Storm Front. Akans is based out of Michigan. In 1994, he released a cassette entitled Hear the Voices. The next year saw the release of his first CD, Ja Makin' Me Crazy. By 1997, now under the name of Jim Akans and Storm Front, he released Coaster. The second disc with that group, Back to Back, was released in 2000.